Un­wanted ex­tras

Car Mechanics (UK) - - CM Insider -

Cus­tomers very rarely un­der­stand when a job takes a lit­tle longer than ex­pected or when an ex­tra part is charged to the job. Thank­fully, the owner of this 2012 Fiat Fiorino didn’t cause a fuss when an ex­tra £10 was needed to cover a track rod end.

The van was in for a noisy wheel bear­ing and the job should have been quite straight­for­ward, but things didn’t go to plan. The hub needed to be re­moved to re­move the old bear­ing and press in a new one. The lower swivel dis­con­nected fine, as did the two bolts se­cur­ing the flange car­rier to the strut, and even the ABS sen­sor slid out of place eas­ily. But while the se­cur­ing nut on the track rod end started to undo OK, it then be­came pro­gres­sively tighter.

Re-tight­en­ing and loos­en­ing the nut did not ease things and, once the nut was fi­nally re­moved, half the thread came with it. This meant it could not be safely re­fit­ted and a new track rod end was needed. For this Fiorino, that was only a ten­ner, but it does show there are of­ten un­ex­pected and un­avoid­able ex­tras that can be en­coun­tered on a job.

The thread had been dam­aged and the track rod end needed to be re­placed.

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